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Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region V

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

This alliance was signed on December 4, 2004

Alliance Overview

The purpose of the alliance is to develop training and education programs targeted to occupational health on a variety of workplace issues.

Implementation Team Members

Kimberly Stille, Area Director
Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist
Cindy Groves, RN, BSN, COHN-S
Lorna Knapp, RN, COHN-S
Colleen Hasler, MS, RN, COHN-S
Pat Olson, RN, COHN-S

II. Implementation Team Meetings

March 30, 2005: Met with SCAOHN to discuss expanding the alliance to the entire Wisconsin Association of Occupational Health Nurse organization.

March 30 to June 1, 2005: Emailed and talked to SCAOHN members regarding extension of alliance to WAOHN. It was eventually decided that we should stick with the local SCAOHN members for the time being.

July 8, 2005: Met with SCAOHN to discuss projects and products that could be produced by the alliance. Came with a list for them to take to their members at their next meeting.

September 8, 2005: Met with SCAOHN to discuss status of projects.

November 10, 2005: Kimberly Stille met with SCAOHN board members and interested parties to discuss status of projects.

December 16, 2005: Met with SCAOHN to discuss status of projects.

III. Activities and Products

Evaluation Period

This report covers the period of December 4, 2004 to December 30, 2005.

Alliance Activity

The alliance decided that the OHN expertise could be used to develop industry-specific OSHA 10-hour courses. We are specifically looking at OSHA 10-hours for the ready-mix concrete and long term care industries. We are pursuing these projects.

An OSHA Team Leader gave a presentation All About OSHA at the Wisconsin Association of Occupational Health Nurses annual conference on November 2, 2005.

OSHA recommended to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UW-P has an occupational safety and health curriculum) that an OHN speak at one of their classes and this is scheduled to be completed this semester.

OSHA nominated one of the nurses to speak at the Wisconsin Council on Safety Ergonomics Conference in October 2005.

OSHA nominated one of the nurses to review the Veterans Administration Patient Safety Center revised guidelines for Safe Patient Handling in healthcare facilities.

Two of their nurses have attended our committee meetings on changing the culture in health care facilities. We are working on getting Wisconsin employers to implement safe patient/resident handling programs in all healthcare workplaces.

OSHA developed a draft brochure on occupational health nursing that we will hand out at exhibit booths. It is currently being reviewed by SCAOHN.

The alliance is in the process of assembling a catalog of clinics in the state that provide access to occupational health nurses.

OSHA has made arrangements for one of our partnership members MA Mortenson to present to the SCAOHN on the elements of developing a business case for safety and health. Many of these nurses are consultants to industry and we hope to have SCAOHN develop business cases as a result of the alliance that OSHA can use to show that safety and health adds value to businesses.

Alliance Products

  • A draft brochure explaining the OHN profession that OSHA can hand out at conferences.
  • A catalog of clinics in Wisconsin that provide access to OHN services.
  • An OSHA 10-hour course for ready mix concrete employers.

IV. Results

Because the SCAOHN Board meets quarterly and takes the summers off, the activities of the alliance have been slowed. But we have made a commitment to meet monthly, regardless of when the board meets and expect that these meetings will result in effective workplace safety products. Already, we have committed to getting the draft OHN brochure and catalog of occupational health clinics ready for final review by January 20, 2006. We have contacted the Wisconsin Ready Mix Concrete Association about creating and OSHA 10-hour for their members. WRMCA has been very receptive to this proposal.

Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
Statewide WAOHN Conference 25

V. Upcoming Milestones

We plan on pursuing the OSHA 10-hour courses, safe patient handling in nurses homes and documentation of "business cases" for effective safety and health program efforts.

We plan on getting the word out to employers about the use of OHNs as safety and health professionals.

Report Prepared by: Leslie Ptak